The brand new Premier League season is underway, but Dream Team fans are faced with the same old problems.
Game Week 1 injuries to key players, new signings not starting, and so-called goalscorers failing to even hit the target.
But perhaps the biggest thing we’ve taken away from the weekend is that pesky Pep Guardiola is up to his usual tricks with his infuriating rotation policy.
Last season, Dream Team fans were left constantly frustrated by the handsome Catalan’s habit of switching his players and leaving some of his biggest and most in-form stars on the bench.
I mean, we get it Pep, you’ve got a terrific squad and it’s a long season, but do you have to wreck our fantasy football hopes and dreams so early on?
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On Saturday, in the early kick off between West Ham and Man City, the Spanish manager made the intriguing decision of benching both Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva – two players that a lot of Dream Team gaffers have selected.
In fact, nearly 42% of you have opted for Aguero, who luckily came on as a substitute to score a goal and register 5 points on the game, while Bernardo – who’s been picked by 30% of managers – didn’t play at all.
That’s not on, is it?
It’s also made us look a little foolish, as we heavily tipped Bernardo to be one of the must-have players on Dream Team this season following his billboard 2018/19 campaign.
And sure, the Portuguese midfielder will likely be a mainstay in City’s side as the season progresses and he’s probably still quite a good player to have in your fantasy football line-up, but Pep’s unpredictable policy of chopping and changing his players continues to be a spanner in the works of our Dream Team vision.
There was better news for those of you who decided to pick Riyad Mahrez though.
A starting role at the London Stadium and THREE assists to his name in the 5-0 demolition of the Hammers is good news for the 1.7% of you that picked the midfielder, as he took home a handy 9 points.
Mahrez struggled for game time last season, making just 27 starts as Bernardo and Leroy Sane were preferred on the right flank.
But with news that Sane will be out of action for the next few months, he might just be an inspired fantasy football choice.
Unless Pep decides to bench him for the next few weeks, that is.